For the fourth straight game, Jim Brower allowed a run in his appearance. A one-run lead turned into a one-run deficit after he served up back-to-back jacks. While he blew the save, Portland roared back with six in the bottom half to give Brower his second win of the year. He has given up runs in eight of his 11 outings and has surrendered five homers in 14.1 innings. Lefties entered the game hitting .457 off him but it was two right-handed hitters that took the ball out of the yard.
Jack Cust notched his first RBI's since securing seven on June 16. He was 3-for-4 with two RBI's, giving him 15 for the month. It was his fourth three-hit night of the year. The outfielder did break his streak of five straight games with a walk but he has drawn a free pass 68 times, compared to 60 K's. His walk totals lead the Pacific Coast League. He is hitting .291 this month after hitting .261 in May.
Mobile won 6-1 over Montgomery (Devil Rays)
John Hudgins had lost three straight decisions but it wasn't for the lack of trying. Coming into the game he had given up three runs over two outings but could not secure the win. He picked up number four on Tuesday, however, with one run allowed on five hits and a walk over six frames. He also matched his season-high in whiffs with seven. He has struck out at least five batters in every game he has pitched. It is the seventh time in nine starts he has given up two runs or less and fifth time he has given up one run or less.
Paul Abraham pitched a scoreless inning to close the game out. The right-hander had given up runs in five of his last seven coming in. Ironically, he has a .224 average against this month, despite a 5.27 ERA. The problem is the seven walks he has surrendered and the leadoff man of an inning hitting .304 off him. He has given up runs in 12 of 28 overall and broke a string of three straight road games with a run allowed on Tuesday.
Juan Ciriaco went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. It was his fifth multi-hit game in his last ten contests and he is 14-for-44 over that stretch, a .318 average. Prior to that, Ciriaco had just nine multi-hit games in his first 63 games. Prior to his recent surge, Ciriaco had been in an 0-for-22 slump and despite the success has a .213 average for the month of June.
Lake Elsinore had the night off for the All-Star game
Chase Headley went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Cesar Ramos pitched a perfect inning, striking out the first batter he faced before inducing two ground outs. Neil Jamison faced two batters, getting the first man to pop out but a throwing error on a grounder led to the second batter reaching base.
Fort Wayne won 14-6 over Lansing (Blue Jays)
Five different players recorded multi-RBI games, Nick Hundley extended his hitting streak to 15 games, and everyone except Will Venable scored a run, but the outfielder made up for it with three RBI's. Venable is in the midst of a 11-for-20 with two walks, six runs scored and seven RBI's – all over his last four games. He also stole a base, giving him the overall lead in the system with 12. He is hitting .353 this month and his .331 average is leading the Midwest League. He also entered the game with the most runs scored in the league with 50.
Seth Johnston went 2-for-5 with a walk, three runs scored, a homer and two RBI's on Tuesday. He has scored five runs over his last two games and has a three game RBI streak. Twelve of his 23 hits this month have gone for extra bases and his 21 doubles are tied for fourth-best in the league. Currently playing third base, Johnston is a .313 hitter with runners in scoring position.
Matt Bush had a 3-for-4 night with a walk, two RBI's and two runs scored. He now has a multi-hit game in two straight, something he did just twice all of last year. His five hits over the two games was something he did but once in 2005, June 13 and 14. His two runs scored were even a rarity last season, as he scored twice in one game on seven occasions over a 126 games. And, of course, he has RBI's in consecutive games, a feat he accomplished three times last season. Bush did commit his first two errors of the season.
Eugene lost 1-0 over Spokane (Rangers)
Aaron Breit threw blanks over four frames, allowing just three hits and striking out four. He came into the game with four runs allowed over his first 5.1 innings of work with the opposition 4-for-7 off him with the bases empty. He gave up one hit in nine at bats in that situation on Tuesday and has surrendered one hit in 13 at bats with runners in scoring position. Breit has given up one run in his last 7.1 innings.
Brooks Dunn pitched five solid innings and fell victim to an error that allowed a run to score. A passed ball on a strikeout that would have ended the inning led to the lone run of the game. In total, Dunn gave up the one unearned run on three hits while striking out three. Dunn, a lefty, also picked off a runner at first base. He had given up six runs in two innings his last time out. Dunn has held lefties to a .143 average to begin the year while righties have hit .320 off him.
Eugene managed just three hits on the day with Luany Sanchez the only batter to reach base twice. He singled and walked but turned into the goat when he was charged with the passed ball to let the runner in from third. It was his second passed ball of the year. He also failed to throw out two runners attempting to steal. He has thrown out three of 14 on the year. At the plate, Sanchez has a five game hitting streak to open the year and is 10-for-21. He does not, however, have a hit with runners in scoring position.
AZL Padres won 14-9 over AZL Cubs
Brian Hernandez doubled in three runs in the second inning to cap a five run frame. While it was the second hit of the year over four games for the catcher, he had reached base in five of ten plate appearances coming in thanks to four walks. He went on to drive in two more, giving him five RBI's on a 2-for-5 day with two runs scored. Hernandez finished his year at Vanderbilt with a .302 batting average to go along with a team-high 21 doubles, three homers and 43 RBI. The 21 doubles tied him for fifth best in school history. A teammate of fellow prospect Matt Buschmann, he also drew 18 walks and whiffed 25 times. Defensively, he threw out eight of 27 runners attempting to steal. While he was 0-for-1 in throwing out baserunners, he did have a steal of his own on Tuesday.
"I came up with the bases loaded a couple of times and got a couple of hits," Hernandez said. "We were down early and luckily I came up with the bases loaded and got a couple of hits."
Fireballer Jose Ceda got the starting nod and was pummeled to the tune of six runs on five hits and two walks over three innings while striking out two. He has given up nine runs over his first five innings of work and the opposition is hitting .500, 6-for-12, off him with runners in scoring position. Ceda was 4-2 with a 1.50 ERA over 60 innings with the DSL Padres last year. He struck out 83 while walking 29 and gave up 38 hits, a .178 average against.
"He threw some good pitches and the hit the ball well on some good pitches that he threw," Hernandez said of Ceda. "He got behind in the count but he has some good stuff; he throws the ball hard. If he had gotten ahead of a couple of different batters it probably would have been a different story. There were a couple of calls that could have gone either way and that could have changed the outcome of his outing."
Vern Sterry, who last pitched on July 1, 2005, returned to the hill and struck out four of the five batters he faced but did toss a wild pitch and allowed two of three inherited runners to score despite not allowing a hit. Sterry, who avoided surgery in his rehab, went 4-3 with a 4.58 ERA last season for Fort Wayne, giving up 58 hits and 13 walks in 55 innings while whiffing 50. He was 2-1 with a 3.54 ERA as a starter and 2-2 with a 5.19 mark as a reliever. Sterry had thrown side sessions prior to this game and the Padres are looking to give him some work in Peoria over the next couple of weeks and will send him up to a higher level after he has logged some innings.
Cedric Hunter, batting leadoff, extended his hitting streak to five games by going 3-for-6 with a double. But more impressively, Hunter has a five game RBI streak, totaling seven over that span, which is tied for the team lead. His 11 total bases lead the team and he is hitting .316 as the designated hitter. Eighteen of his 24 at bats this year have come with runners on base and all seven of his hits have come in those situations.
"I felt pretty good," Hunter said. "I am just sticking to the same thing I have been doing and not trying to change anything."